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The Technology Fringe Line-Up at the Conservative Party Conference

The Conservative Party Conference is taking place this year in Manchester from Sunday 4th October. The Conference hand-book has just arrived on delegate door-mats and provides a great insight into some of the policy focuses of the major think-tanks and the Conservative Party itself.

This conference is different because, in the words of David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, it’s “the first time we have gathered together with a Conservative majority government for almost twenty years!”

I’ll be attending the Conference on behalf of Citizen 2015 and will be blogging about some of the main technology focused fringe events.

Here are three of the highlights.

On Monday the 5th of October the Policy Exchange and Nominet will focus on smart cities with a fringe event that asks the question: Should cities have to be smart before they are given more powers?

The Policy Exchange is also holding a session on the Monday afternoon of the Conference that focuses on the opportunities and threats of going digital. The guest speakers include Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for the Digital Economy and Matt Warman MP (formerly the Digital Editor at the Telegraph).

On the Tuesday of Conference the Mayor of London, London Councils and Core Cities Group are holding a debate called Cities 2020: An Urban Evolution. Panellists include Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor of London and Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council.

By Jeffrey Peel

Editor, Citizen20Series and MD, Quadriga Consulting.I am responsible for all site content and have overall responsibility for site editorial, as well as site membership.

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